Hold The Door!!
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie
Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Synopsis: After Cersei’s (Lena Headey) walk of shame, she is more determined than ever to get back at the Head Sparrow and all of his little Sparrow follows no matter who may get caught in the crossfire. Up at the wall, the death of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has torn the men of the Night’s Watch apart with a select few holding on to the hope that death isn’t the end for our favourite Lord Commander. Of course, with magic back in the realm this isn’t an unreasonable expecting any longer and with the appearance of Sansa (Sophie Turner) at the wall, after escaping Ramsey’s clutches, the hope increases and the determination rises to win the north back from the horrors of the Boltons. Across the seas, Arya (Maisie Williams) continues her training to become a follow for the many faced gods but along the way discovers that maybe her past is more important than being no one. And then there is Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) who has her own challenges of masters fighting back, Dothraki taking her hostage and the reappearance of an old friend who comes baring gifts of a very strange nature. It’s a wild and crazy time with only wilder and crazier times yet to come.
Opinion: Damn the writers of this show really know how to do battle sequences well and the one that appears in episode 9 is definitely no exception. It’s dirty and gritty and horrible and violent and everything a brutal battle should be. No one is safe in the land of Westeros, this we know, and that aids with having you on the edge of your seat in every fighting moment. But this season doesn’t just bring us plenty of fighting and warring and violence, this time there is also quite a bit of emotion and feeling scattered throughout.
Let’s start with Jon shall we, I mean last we saw he was dead on a table having been killed by his own people. This alone was shocking but the fact that the writers kept us holding on for two whole episodes feeling sad and betrayed before giving any sort of outcome was a sign of things to come. But the biggest feeling moment was the death of a beloved character which was strongly intertwined with learning their back story. This was a re-watch and yet I was sobbing during that scene as hard as I did the first time I saw it. It’s the death of innocence that always gets you and this one was particularly hard to watch. It’s once again the cause and effect of brilliant writing, acting and editing that allows me to care so much that I’m sobbing loudly at a fictional character’s death.
And then there is the opening 15 minutes of episode 10…..holy shit! Now that right there is some of the most unexpected, brilliant, amazing and horrifying television I’ve ever seen. Packaged together with a fantastic soundtrack written specifically for this moment, I’m yet to meet a person who wasn’t totally blindsided and shocked to silence by the events that occurred. It’s absolutely masterful and starts us once again on the path of transition and huge change.
Favourite Episode: If you haven’t already guessed, it’s episode 10 – The Winds of Winter. While the season did have many fantastic episodes and it normally would have been a very tough decision, the opening of this episode will always make this the clear winner for me.
Death Tally: This season had a big one with the majority occurring in the final two episodes so, drum roll please, season 6 has a whopping 540 over double the previous record which was season 5.